I'm about to make the starter for a 5g batch of a Weihenstephaner dunkel clone, and I'm not quite sure how big to make it.
I know there are calculators out there, but since a slight estery profile is distinctive of the style...I would hate to just arbitrarily pitch the same amount I would for say a clean tasting APA. Is there a good rule of thumb for the German strains?
The recipe calls for a 1L starter, but I want to make this as close as possible to the original. What do you guys recommend? Also, what temps would you guys ferment at?
Thanks in advance!
edit: Oh, OG should be somewhere around 1.057 assuming all goes well!